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Walk with the Spirits | Historic Augusta, Inc.

Dates: October 23 & 24, 2021
Times: 2pm-5pm
Meeting Location: Magnolia Cemetery

Our annual cemetery tour is returning in person to Magnolia Cemetery!

Join us at Magnolia Cemetery to learn about Augusta’s past and some of its notable citizens. Patrons will be guided through the tour by “Spirits” dressed in period costumes who come to life as they tell their stories.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children K-12. Tours will be every 20 minutes. You may purchase tickets online HERE, however, please make a reservation by calling us at 706.724.0436.

Reckoning with our Past: The 1970 Augusta Riot (exhibit at the City Gallery)

For the next two months a visit to the City Gallery is a must-do on everyone’s list of outings. Located on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 535 Telfair Street, the new exhibit is open between May 1 and June 30, 2021 and explores an exhibit of historical documents, oral history quotes, and artwork by local artists created in response to the memory of the May 1970 Augusta Riot. Artworks in this exhibit are by Devin Lovett, Warren Richard, Wesley Stewart and Matthew Thomas.

Meet the artists, and help commemorate the 1970 Augusta Riot at the rededication of the State Marker in front of the main doors to the Municipal Building at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Why remember? Why not forget? In this era of phone and police bodycam documentation of state sanctioned violence against black and brown citizens, the evidence is causing reflection and doubt for those who have been able to pretend that violence against our black and brown citizens doesn’t happen, or only happens in response to black and brown people “going crazy” for “no reason”. The story of the May 1970 Augusta Riot is not yet part of our local, state or national school curricula, and the dominant white narrative has been that it was a random moment of communal black insanity that came out of nowhere, and was miraculously calmed by a speech by James Brown and the presence of the National Guard. The truth is far more interesting, heartbreaking, shameful, and important. We invite everyone to learn more.

This exhibit is the work of the May 1970 Augusta Riot Committee, and made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from local citizens in Augusta, Georgia.

Founders Day of Aiken County

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Aiken County Historical Museum

Join us for our annual Founders Day to celebrate the establishment of Aiken County on March 10, 1871. This year, the Museum will host several programs on Saturday, March 7th related to Aiken County’s African American founders and their legacy. All programs are free and open to the public with no pre-registration required.

Event Schedule:

11 am – Introduction of Charleston’s International African American Museum; Speaker: Rev. DeMett Jenkins, IAAM’s Lilly Director of Education and Engagement for Faith Based Communities

1 pm – Lecture on African American Education During Reconstruction; Speaker: Lauren Virgo, Director of the ACHM

2 pm – Spoken Word Poetry, Performative Dance, and an update on Aiken’s Center for African American History, Art, & Culture; Speakers: Eva Jackson and Melencia Johnson of the CAAHAC / Performers: Willie Alma Finnie for poetry recitation and Amber Watson with A.Watt Dance Co. for dance

3 pm – Lecture on The Importance of Commemorating the Founding of Aiken County; Speaker: Wayne O’Bryant, Historian

Visit the Event Page HERE!

Imperial Theatre Presents A Man For All Seasons

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 1 PM – 3 PM | The Imperial Theatre

The film depicts the final years of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII of England’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon and refused to take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII Supreme Head of the Church of England. Paul Scofield, who had played More in the West End stage premiere, also took the role in the film, starring alongside Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles and Susannah York. Also appearing are Nigel Davenport, Leo McKern, Corin Redgrave and, in one of his earliest screen roles, John Hurt.

The event is free, but a ticket is needed for entry.
Reserve your tickets online HERE!